Category Archives: Evangelization

Quote for the Day

So often we today can find our faith challenged by the world, and in countless ways we are asked to compromise our faith, to water down the radical demands of the Gospel and to conform to the spirit of this … Continue reading

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In Re: What About Deacons?

In regards to my previous post, I wish to present again a post I wrote in 2010 , when now pope-emeritus Benedict exhorted the Scottish bishops to care for their deacons and reinforced the deacon as heralds of the Gospel. … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’ Letter to Families; What About the Deacons of the Church?

Recently, the Holy Father issued a letter addressed to all families in the world. In it, he speaks of the upcoming Synod of Bishops which is being convened to discuss the theme “pastoral challenges to the family in the context … Continue reading

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Evangelization: Who Said This?

We often attribute the New Evangelization to Pope John Paul II. Here is a quote from another pope who spoke of the evangelization of the of the world. Do you know who he was? We wish to remind the entire … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Speaks to Notre Dame University Delegation

The Holy Father today met with individuals from Notre Dame University, speaking with them about the need to “uncompromising witness of Catholic universities to the Church’s moral teaching, and the defense of her freedom, precisely in and through her institutions, … Continue reading

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Evangelii Gaudium – The Joy of the Gospel – And a Comment about the Diaconate

The Holy Father has issued his Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium. I have yet to read it in its entirety, (I’m still working on it!) but from what I have read it is a clear challenge to us all. Here is the link to … Continue reading

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Attention Deacons! The Church Must “Si Spoglia” Her Riches

Pope Francis will be making a day-long pilgrimage to Assisi tomorrow in honor of St. Francis, who feast day is October 4. In comments he has made in the past week, he said the Church needs to shed (si spoglia) … Continue reading

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Quote for the Week: Pope Francis

“All too often, people do not choose life, they do not accept the ‘Gospel of Life’ but let themselves be led by ideologies and ways of thinking that block life, that do not respect life, because they are dictated by … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’ Address to the Diplomatic Corps

Here is the pope’s address to the diplomatic corps of the Vatican. This corps is from many different nations of the world. In it I think we find the beginnings of the outline of Pope Francis vision of his papacy. … Continue reading

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Quote for the Day

” But there is no true peace without truth! There cannot be true peace if everyone is his own criterion, if everyone can always claim exclusively his own rights, without at the same time caring for the good of others, of … Continue reading

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The Church Divested of Material and Political Burdens – Pope Benedict’s Thoughts

To continue with some of the thoughts I had in my last post, I am posting Pope Benedict’s thoughts about the Church’s need to be liberated from material and political burdens. The following in an excerpt from an address he … Continue reading

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Random Thoughts on Benedict’s Example

Yesterday, I conducted a Lenten Day of Reflection for the diaconal community of the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin. We reflected on Evangelization, the New Evangelization, and the Transmission of Faith. I couldn’t help but think if the topics would be ones that the new Holy Father, … Continue reading

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“He is possessed by Beelzebul!”

We heard in the Gospel for today’s Mass the scribes uttering, “He is possessed by Beelzebul.” Jesus, in response, asks the question whether Satan can long stand if his house is divided. In other words, Jesus points out that he, … Continue reading

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Whom would you rather offend? – By Randy Hain

I ran across an article by Randy Hain, Managing Partner of Bell Oaks Executive Search in Atlanta and Senior Editor for Integrated Catholic Life eMagazine.  He has published two books on living the Catholic faith. In this article he talks about what … Continue reading

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The deacon: Servant of the New Evangelization

I will be conducting a retreat for the diaconal community of the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin in February centered on the New Evangelization and the Transmission of the Faith. Please pray as I prepare. With that in my mind … Continue reading

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